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Jan 10 - 31 - Club Championship

This is a 4 week event with slower time control (G45, inc. 5).  One round on each night (Jan 10, 17, 24 & 31).  Get your game on for this.  As in the past, there are two sections, rated and not rated.  We hold a final shootout between the sections on Feb 7 for the Club Title.

Feb 7 - First Thursday Blitz and Championship Shootout

While the winners of the Rated and not rated sections battle for the title, all others can play in a Blitz Swiss.

Feb 14 - Good God It's Bug House!

Once a year we take leave of our senses and play bug house. 

Feb 21 - 28 - Big Fish Little Pond

Over two weeks we play G30; inc 5 and again in two sections.  The bait this time, is a USCF membership for the winner of the not - rated section.  To receive this prize the player must be new to the USCF (not a renewal).

What We Do

The Emmorton Rec.Chess provides an environment where players can improve their game and make some friends.  The Emmorton Rec. Chess Club is open to players of all ages.  We meet most Thursday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Emmorton Rec and Tennis Center.  Please stop by and check us out.

Rated Quick Chess -

About once a month we hold USCF Rated quick chess tournaments.  These are free to our members and typically cost $2 for non members.  If you do not have a USCF membership we often have a non-rated section.  As the cost is low / free, we promise no prizes but often have a small token prize.  Click Here for recent results.

Tournament Trips -

We organize occasional trips to larger tournaments. 

Thematic Nights -

In the past we have had thematic nights for various openings, gong chess, and bughouse. 

Puzzles and Position Analysis -

We occasionally review interesting positions, difficult puzzles, and significant games.  

If you have any questions or want to be added to our email list, contact us at [email protected].

BONUS - 60 Checkmate in 1 problems for free

Problems to solve!!!

Black to move, why not … Qxd3

1.   ...       Qxd3
2.   Qh4  and Black has few options (note that 3. Rh8 and Qxd8 threaten #
      ...       Qxf1
3.   Kxf1

White to move, find the best move

1.   Rxf8+     Qxf8
2.   Nxf8       Rxf8
2.   ...             Rxe2
3.   Ne6   (threating Qxg7#)
        ...             Rxe6
4.   Qb8 and checkmate is forced.

White to move,
Find the Best Move

1. Bf5 (all other moves allow Black to promote the c pawn)
1... exf5 (Other moves for Black allow both pawns to promote and therefore which results in a draw.)
2. h4 and stalement on the next move.
Sometimes, the best move is to fight for a draw.

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